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Reflections on the Leading Schools Summit Posted on Sep 21

Reflections on the Leading Schools Summit

We attended the Leading Schools Summit created in Partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and OETC in August 2017 and are very excited about the Design Thinking component. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could   …Continue Reading Reflections on the Leading Schools Summit

Managing complex change in today’s schools requires a learner’s mindset Posted on Sep 6

Managing complex change in today’s schools requires a learner's mindset

  In recent years, the role of a principal has been gaining recognition as among the most challenging and important roles in all of education (NASSP, 2013). Among their myriad of responsibilities, principals are expected to now lead their schools through a transition to personalized   …Continue Reading Managing complex change in today’s schools requires a learner’s mindset

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models Posted on Apr 11

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

Given the potential of technology to enhance learning and teaching, many districts in Massachusetts are working towards ensuring that every student has access to a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, or netbook. Districts generally have two options: (1) a one to one model   …Continue Reading Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th! Posted on Feb 7

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program - Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

I was online last night with the MassCUE Professional Development Committee when I was asked by a committee member to help him explain, using clear bullet points, for his district and school leaders why they should apply for cohort 2 of the Leadership in Blended   …Continue Reading MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families Posted on Oct 26

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

One of my freshmen stopped me while I was passing out papers one morning. “Ms. Lander,” he said — half accusing, half amused — “You texted my father?!” “I did indeed,” I admitted. And then, curious, I asked, “What did he say?” “He asked me   …Continue Reading Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit Posted on Oct 4

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

On Friday, September 23, administrators, teachers, and curriculum specialists from around the New England region met at Amazon’s offices in Cambridge for the #GoOpen regional summit hosted by the North Reading Public Schools. For district leaders and educators interested in open educational resources (OER) and how these   …Continue Reading Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September Posted on Aug 18

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

North Reading Public Schools in North Reading, MA will host a #GoOpen Regional Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Amazon Offices in Cambridge, MA. Attendance at the one-day summit is free. The #GoOpen Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers, school   …Continue Reading Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom Posted on Jun 28

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

At West Springfield Middle School, teachers began the 2015-16 school year with the arrival of over 700 brand new Chromebooks and wireless internet service. Coupled, with existing desktops, our building quickly gained a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. We quickly sorted the Chromebooks into   …Continue Reading Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science Posted on Jun 10

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and I’ve got to say, I’m kind of freaking out. Not that the school year is done – I’m good with that, but I’m “concerned” about next year. MA Science Standards for grades 6-8 have changed   …Continue Reading Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs Posted on May 4

In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs

Eighteen Massachusetts teachers epitomize the dedication and hard work that Teacher Appreciation Week celebrates. These eighteen educators are enrolled in the “Teaching and Developing an Online High School Course: Fundamentals” course offered by the Office of Digital Learning. Recognizing the value of digital learning, these   …Continue Reading In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs